The Environment

Table to Farm

October 1, 2019  • Institute Staff

In June, the Institute’s Energy and Environment Program, in partnership with the US Farmers and Rancher’s Alliance, hosted the inaugural Honor the Harvest Forum on a family owned corn and soy farm in southern Maryland. The forum brought together all sides of the food and agriculture industries, including Energy and Environment Program Executive Director Greg Gershuny, US Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, and US Farmers and Ranchers Alliance CEO Erin Fitzgerald, along with farmers, ranchers, suppliers, packagers, retailers, and experts in environmental and economic sustainability. It was a microcosm of the real world, a “system in the room” that allowed participants to co-create a vision for sustainability, form new partnerships, take action, and answer the question, “How can the power of agriculture draw down climate change while creating value across the supply chain?” At the end of Honor the Harvest, working groups developed innovative food and agriculture projects to carry forward.